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Old 03-07-2006, 10:35 PM   #1
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Tapping Oil Pan?

This coming weekend I am going to need to tap my oil pan for a feed and return line for a special, umm, *project* that I have going on. What is the best method to tap the pan? Is it necessary to remove the oilpan, or can I just go straight through? Is it very hard to get up in there to make the taps?

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Old 03-07-2006, 11:31 PM   #2
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If you're going to "tap" into your oil pan, you definately want to remove it. This way you can guarantee that there will be no shavings that get into your oil system. Also, you will be able to place the taps exactly where you want them. Good luck!

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Old 03-07-2006, 11:36 PM   #3
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Tapping is very easy and you wont have any problems getting in there with a tap. Your main concern is the required drilling of the pan. Its a tight fit with an electric drill cause you need to be able to drill "straight" and not in an angle, so your *special project's* flange can sit perfectly flush against the pan. I was told to use a 90 degree attachment for this very reason. Trust me, I was very concearned about this as well, just take your time. It sounds scary at first but one you've started its really not a big deal at all. Good luck.
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Old 03-08-2006, 12:44 AM   #4
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ewok- Did you do this? Did you remove the oil pan? I know that removing it will be the safest thing, but not necessarily the easiest thing to do.

Anymore info would be great
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Old 03-08-2006, 12:09 PM   #5
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ewok- Did you do this? Did you remove the oil pan? I know that removing it will be the safest thing, but not necessarily the easiest thing to do.

Anymore info would be great
I left the oil pan in place. Just be sure not to drive the drill in the full length of the bit, cause there are gears right behind that area. And remember to change your oil before start up.
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Sounds pretty good. Can you send me or post some pics of your oil pan tapped? Any speical tools or tips I should know too?
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Old 03-08-2006, 02:38 PM   #7
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Not sure what the oil pan is made of but if its something magnetic might want to run a magnet on a stick around the area after you drill to try to collect some of the shavings up, maybe even flush it with some fresh oil. Just speaking from assumptions here though, I haven't ever done this type of thing.
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Any recomendation/input on this product: http://www.turnermotorsport.com/html..._ID=TEN9910200

I think I will have my hands full this weekend.
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Old 03-09-2006, 12:31 AM   #9
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thats nice!

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How does it work though lol?
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Old 03-09-2006, 12:57 AM   #11
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hahaha.... I thinks it's more for an oil cooler set up. Not for a oil return line.
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Is this for a turbo return line? If so, here is the loction........someone else has a project under it's way
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Old 03-09-2006, 04:46 PM   #13
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Fill the flutes of the tap with heavy grease, like wheel grease. The chips will be trapped in the grease instead of falling in the pan. You may want to do it with the drill also.
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Fill the flutes of the tap with heavy grease, like wheel grease. The chips will be trapped in the grease instead of falling in the pan. You may want to do it with the drill also.
NO ...... drop the oil pan. there is no need to risk damaging the oil pump.
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i've seen aftermarket oil gauge companies suggest remote mounting electric oil senders for high performance applications. what i was wondering is why companies dont have you take a pipe tap to AN fitting adapter and use a line to go to whatever needs oil, and instead of drilling a hole in the oil pan and tapping it, make a fitting to replace the oil drain plug as the return hole that seals like a drain plug on one end, and has an AN fitting on the other. All you'd have to do to change oil would still be take the one thing off. then no tapping of the anything is required, and all is reversable. any thoughts?
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That is a good point and what I was looking to do, but the return line needs to be closer without the use of an oil pump like so:

**Pic from Cameron's BMW M3: "Kirra"**
As for the feed line, it can be spread further from the turbo itself, so the location like the oil drain plug could be a possible location.

Anyhow, after the pan is tapped, it will be with an fittings so one can unscrew the oil line w/o having to take something out of the tapped oilpan...if that makes any sense.
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I thought you're supposed to also tap above the oil line when not using a pump? I remember reading a debate about this on DTM power. The turbo picture didn't show this, that's why i'm asking...
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I thought you're supposed to also tap above the oil line when not using a pump? I remember reading a debate about this on DTM power. The turbo picture didn't show this, that's why i'm asking...
I second that...
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I think I am a bit lost with the above comment. Elaborate please?
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i for one don't think it would matter as teh oil exiting into the oil pan is at pressure and in theory act the same as a jet in a hot tub. but i could be mistaken.
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